Telecommunications Stored Programme Control

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 24th April 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants have been made in the last five years for the development of telecommunications stored programme control techniques; and what results have been so far obtained.

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

No grants have been made. However, the National Research Development Corporation is providing financial assistance of about £4 million for a project of the Plessey Co. Ltd. Work is proceeding on the project.

Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is the Minister prepared to say when results will be declared from that project? Is he aware that they will have a great significance for future investment in the Post Office, and should be known as quickly as possible?

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

I cannot tell the hon. Gentleman when the results will be known. This is a matter which rests not with me but with the Plessey Company. I fully understand the latter part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question and shall have it drawn to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.